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3 Challenges the Modern American Family is Facing

Posted: 10/19/2017 at 3:48 AM   /   by   /   comments (0)

Group Of Families Celebrating Child's Birthday At HomeHaving two parents in one family is a lot less common today than it was in the 60s. In 2014, roughly 69% of American families were living in this arrangement. By itself, this piece of data should not be a cause for concern.

Amicably separated families can have healthier relationships than those living within a tumultuous domestic setup. Still, this trend is worth looking into in terms of what type of support family therapy can give.

Listed here three of the most common issues families are facing today and ways how family counseling here in Westport can help.


This underrated process has a massive long-term impact on all relationships even in a professional setting. It is a process that involves active listening, empathy, and a set of verbal and not verbal responses that yield the best possible result.

The challenge is that not everyone acknowledges needing help with communication techniques. By being an objective observer, a counselor can influence the way family members talk to each other. He or she may warn of damaging habits like gas lighting and provide alternatives that are more positive.


In a nutshell, teaching values and right conduct is largely about setting good examples. In addition to this, there is now a variety of strategies that can be permissive, authoritarian, or authoritative, which is frequently the subject of heated debate.

In reality, enforcing a rule or correcting a behavior is not a pain-free experience for either parent or child. It can be tough. Hollering at children, nagging, and humiliation can pose self-esteem issues in the long run.

This is where family counseling steps in helping resolve the issues of frustration and leading parents towards more effective modes of discipline.

Divorce and Blended Families

Some 16% of children are now living in blended families, which by itself is not a harmful domestic setup. It can be a good place to raise kids for as long as the need to belong and be loved by guardians is met.

Family counseling can provide adequate support and guidance in response to these challenges. American homes should be more open to the idea that a professional can help improve relations among family members.